Governor: Hurricane Ike will be dangerous

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">Residents fish along a dam&#39;s drainage system near Havana, three days after Hurricane Ike hit the island Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008. Forecasters said Ike, a category 1 storm, could become a major Category 3 hurricane before slamming into Texas or northern Mexico on Saturday. &#40;AP Photo&#47;Fernando Llano&#41;</span></div>
September 11, 2008 11:09:52 AM PDT
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is urging residents to finish storm preparations ahead of a very dangerous Hurricane Ike. TRACK IT: Location/forecast track | Satellite | Computer models | Interactive tracker | Watches/warnings | Hurr. wind probabilities | TS wind probabilities | Tracking map | Get Ike text alerts | Gulf water temps | Tim Heller's blog | Before the storm | Supply list | Photos

Perry told reporters Thursday that Ike is a gigantic storm, and says he "cannot overestimate the danger that is facing us."

Ike is expected to become at least a Category 3 storm with winds upward of 111 mph before it comes ashore. Hurricane warnings are in effect from the Louisiana coast to Morgan City.

Authorities are trying to avoid traffic gridlock similar to an evacuation during Hurricane Rita three years ago. Only eight zip codes in low-lying areas and near Galveston Bay are under mandatory evacuation orders.

Traffic is stacked bumper to bumper on one freeway leading away from Galveston County and into the Houston metropolitan area.

Keep your family safe this hurricane season. Check our complete tropical weather preparation guide


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